It’s now three years to the day since the government published the Thriving at Work report on mental health.
This was an independent review into how employers can support people with mental ill health or poor wellbeing, so they can remain in work and ultimately thrive.
Here’s what the report found:
“Our work has revealed that the UK is facing a mental health challenge at work that is much larger than we had thought.
“Not only is there a big human cost of poor mental health at work, there are also knock on impacts for society, the economy and government.
“Happily our research has found green shoots of good practice.
“Our vision is that in ten years’ time the following changes will have happened.
“Every one of us will have the knowledge, tools and confidence, to understand and look after our own mental health and the mental health of those around us.
“All organisations, whatever their size, will be equipped with the awareness and tools to not only address but prevent mental ill-health caused or worsened by work.
“They will be equipped to support individuals with a mental health condition to thrive, from recruitment and throughout the organisation.
“They will be aware of how to get access to timely help to reduce sickness absence caused by mental ill health.
“If the UK prioritises mental health at work, we can become global leaders in reducing stigma, improving the mental health of the population and support for those who need it, and in the process improve the UK’s productivity.”
The report’s creators, Paul Farmer and Dennis Stevenson, outline that this can be done through the following ‘core standards’:
– Develop mental health awareness among employees
– Encourage open conversations about mental health and the support available
– Promote effective people management through line managers and supervisors
– Routinely monitor employee mental health and wellbeing
But where can both employees and managers gain the skills to do these things?
The answer is through training.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training provides these vital tools and more for developing a mentally healthy workplace.
It can then contribute largely towards the remaining two core standards – producing a mental health at work plan, and providing good working conditions for all.
Our next MHFA two-day course is being held in February, and is an ideal place to start.
If you’d like to join us, you can read more about Mental Health First Aid here.